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Royal Navy EW programme achieves major milestone

By Olivia Savage 14 November 2023
The RN's Type 26 frigates are among one class of ship being installed with Elbit Systems' electronic intelligence solution as part of MEWSIC Increment 1. (BAE Systems)  The programme to deliver a next-generation electronic surveillance system for the Royal Navy's (RN) surface warships has passed the critical design review (CDR), the UK Ministry of Defence announced on 13 November.  Known as the Maritime Electronic Warfare System Integrated Capability (MEWSIC), the programme – being delivered by Babcock, Elbit Systems UK, and QinetiQ – aims t...

RN takes delivery of REMUS 300 SAUVs

By Richard Scott 13 November 2023
The RN has taken delivery of six REMUS 300 vehicles to meet its SAUV requirement. (HII)  The UK Royal Navy (RN) has begun training on the new REMUS 300 small autonomous underwater vehicles (SAUVs) delivered by HII's Mission Technologies division.  Being introduced to support mine-countermeasures (MCM) operations, the REMUS 300 is intended to enhance the capability of the RN's Hunt-class MCM vessels to deliver a full-spectrum ‘find-fix-finish' capability to maximum depth. The new 300 m-capable vehicles will also inform the next-generation Mine...

Arctic broadband satcom programme clears key operational test

By Carlo Munoz 10 November 2023
The ASBM-1 satellite undergoes vibration testing at Northrop Grumman's satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. (Northrop Grumman)  A Northrop Grumman-built satellite communications (satcom) space vehicle (SV) for the Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission (ASBM) programme has cleared key developmental testing, according to company officials.  ASBM-1, one of two broadband satcom SVs being developed by Northrop Grumman for the joint ASBM programme between the US and Norway, has completed thermal vacuum (TVAC) testing, a 7 November com...

Lockheed Martin upgrades Australian destroyers to support CMS integration

By Oishee Majumdar 09 November 2023
The Royal Australian Navy Hobart-class destroyer, HMAS   Sydney  , firing a Harpoon missile during Exercise ‘Pacific Vanguard 2022'. Lockheed Martin has recently upgraded this class to enable integration of the Aegis Baseline 9 combat management system.  (Commonwealth of Australia)  Lockheed Martin has upgraded the design architecture of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) Hobart-class destroyers to enable integration of the Aegis Baseline 9 Combat Management System (CMS) into these vessels.  The upgrades were de...

Germany to build major MEO constellation

By Olivia Savage 09 November 2023
The Bundeswehr aims to operate a multi-orbit satcom space architecture comprising its future MEO constellation and GEO spacecraft as well as through utilising LEO services from its partners. Pictured is one of the current GEO COMSATBw spacecraft. (EADS Astrium)  The German Bundeswehr aims to develop its own medium Earth orbit (MEO) constellation consisting of up to 24 satellites, Janes learnt at SAE's 2023 Global MilSatCom conference held between 6 and 9 November in London.  Speaking at the conference, Major General Michael Färber, director o...

Blu Wireless develops mobile V-band mmWave radio

By Rakend P 09 November 2023
PhantomBlu prototype. ( Blu Wireless)  PhantomBlu from Blu Wireless is the first mobile V-band self-forming and self-healing mesh network radio, utilising millimeter-wave (mmWave) technology to provide multi-gigabit per second network throughput with lowest probability of detection.  A V-band radio operating in 57–71GHz frequency band, PhantomBlu successfully completed live trials aboard moving platforms with a speed of 300 km/h, Macy Summers, president and CEO of Blu Wireless Inc, told Janes.  The system trials were undertaken by various mil...

UK looks to Netherlands tie-up for Serpens Deep Find radar

By Richard Scott 07 November 2023
The UK is procuring the GM200 multimode radar under a government-to-government deal with the Netherlands. (Thales Nederland)  The UK has elected to pursue a government-to-government deal with the Netherlands for the procurement of a new Deep Find radar as part of a wider recapitalisation of the British Army's weapons locating capability under Project Serpens, Janes has learnt.  The move, which will see the UK join other NATO members in buying the Thales Nederland Ground Master 200 (GM200) multimission radar, is intended to accelerate delivery...

Poland to roll out SitaWare across Abrams fleet, support vehicles

By Olivia Savage 06 November 2023
The Polish Land Forces will field SitaWare Frontline (pictured) and Headquarters. (Systematic)  Systematic's SitaWare Frontline command-and-control (C2) software will be installed in all of the Polish Land Forces' Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs), and the service will also receive the company's SitaWare Headquarters system, Janes has learnt.  The 18th Mechanised Division's M1A1 and M1A2 System Enhancement Program version 3 (SEPv3) Abrams MBTs and various support vehicles will be equipped with the mounted battle management system (BMS) – SitaW...

British Army expands deployment of SitaWare C2 software

By Olivia Savage 03 November 2023
SitaWare Headquarters – seen here in use with Germany's Bundeswehr – is in widespread service. The British Army has acquired 1,400 new licences for the software. (Bundeswehr/Marco Dorow)  The British Army is expanding its use of Systematic's SitaWare Headquarters command-and-control (C2) software, the company announced on 1 November.  In total 1,400 new licences for SitaWare Headquarters have been acquired for use across the army.  A company spokesperson was unable to disclose the value of the contract.    The British Army had not resp...

Denmark orders new radars to bolster air surveillance

By Olivia Savage 02 November 2023
Denmark is now the third country in Europe after Norway and the Netherlands to acquire the Thales Ground Master 200 Multi Mission Compact radar. (Thales)  Denmark will acquire five new Thales Ground Master 200 Multi Mission Compact (GM200 MM/C) radars under a government-to-government deal with the Netherlands.  According to the Danish Ministry of Defence's Materiel and Procurement Agency (FMI) on 31 October, the new mobile radars are for the Royal Danish Air Force and will bolster the country's air-surveillance capabilities especially when d...

MBDA Deutschland develops lasers for infantry and UGVs

By Nicholas Fiorenza 01 November 2023
MBDA Deutschland is developing the MILOS-P laser for infantry and for installation on an unmanned ground vehicle. (MBDA)  MBDA Deutschland is developing the Modular Integrated Laser Optic System (MILOS) for the German Army, the company's head of laser solutions, Doris Laarmann, told international journalists including Janes visiting her company on 27 October.  The system was tested during a campaign at the Bundeswehr's Wehrtechnische Dienststelle für Waffen und Munition (WTD) 91 weapon and ammunition technical centre in Meppen in 2022 against...

Construction starts on Finland's first Pohjanmaa-class corvette

By Kate Tringham 01 November 2023
Artist's impression of the Pohjanmaa-class corvettes. (RMC)  Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) has announced the start of production of the first Pohjanmaa-class multi-purpose corvette on order for the Finnish Navy.  A steel-cutting ceremony was staged at RMC's shipyard in Rauma, Finland, on 30 October.  Under its Squadron 2020 fleet renewal programme, the Finnish Navy is procuring four Pohjanmaa-class corvettes from RMC under a EUR647.6 million (USD707.4 million) design and construction contract awarded in 2019, with the build to be carried o...

Pentagon awards USD1.3 billion for PWSA prototype development

By Carlo Munoz 01 November 2023
A SpaceX Falcon 9 loaded with a Tranche 0 payload variant for the Space Development Agency's Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA) sits on the launch pad at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. (Space Development Agency)  The US Department of Defense (DoD) has closed the second of two prototype development contracts for the next phase of the Space Development Agency's (SDA's) Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA) development, bringing the total cost of both contracts to USD1.3 billion, according to a 30 October age...

UK holds beach landing exercise to train and develop AI technologies

By Olivia Savage 31 October 2023
Dstl alongside the Royal Navy and British Army conducted a beach landing exercise with a multitude of vessels including the Madfox unmanned surface vessel, to shape AI development. (Crown Copyright)  The UK held a large beach landing exercise in Hampshire to shape the development of artificial intelligence (AI) for the Ministry of Defence (MoD), the authority announced on 31 October.  Held over five days, the maritime exercise involved 130 personnel, 13 vessels, multiple unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), a light aircraft, and more than 50 cameras...

Frequentis C4i to provide communications system for Australia's JABMS

By Oishee Majumdar 30 October 2023
Frequentis C4i has secured a contract to provide its VOICE C2 system to Lockheed Martin to support the Joint Air Battle Management System that will be delivered under the second tranche of Project Air 6500 Phase 1. (Lockheed Martin Australia)  Melbourne-based C4i, a part of Austrian communications and information systems company Frequentis, has secured a contract to provide its internet protocol communications system to Lockheed Martin for the Australian Defence Force's (ADF's) Project Air 6500.  Frequentis C4i will provide its Voice Over Int...

Shielded assets: Counter-hypersonic and BMD sensors in the Asia-Pacific

By Naqi Wasif & Anika Torruella 30 October 2023
This schematic shows components of the proposed Defense of Guam (DoG) programme to neutralise incoming ballistic, hypersonic, and cruise missile threats. (Janes)  The United States has embarked on a plan to protect its assets and those of its allies in the Indo-Pacific amid escalating regional security threats. Central to this plan is securing the base of the US 7th Fleet in Guam by providing a multilayered air-defence shield against threats ranging from ballistic missiles to hypersonic glide weapons and cruise missiles.  As part of the US de...

Ukraine conflict: Dedrone cUAS sensors and jammers deployed to Ukraine

By Alejandro Sanchez 27 October 2023
Dedrone displays the new version of the DedroneDefender jammer rifle at the Association of the United States Army's annual conference. (Alejandro Sanchez)  More than 200 Dedrone FieldKits, a simplified version of DedroneTactical counter-unmanned aerial system (cUAS), are deployed in Ukraine, an executive told Janes on 25 October.  The kits are a basic version of the DedroneTractical, which include a radio frequency (RF) sensor, a ruggedised laptop, a mast, two batteries, and the ability to connect to a satellite network “for continuous in-th...

US Coast Guard details acquisitions, force augmentation to meet national Arctic needs

By Michael Fabey 27 October 2023
Healy  is one of only two US icebreakers working in polar regions.  (Janes/Michael Fabey)  The US Coast Guard (USCG) released its Arctic Strategic Outlook Implementation Plan on 26 October to make the necessary acquisitions and force improvements to accommodate national requirements detailed in the 2022 National Strategy for the Arctic Region (NSAR).  The plan includes new USCG icebreakers, aviation assets, communication upgrades, and other platforms, systems, or programmes meant to improve the force's operations in the Arctic....

Armenia procures equipment from France in bid to strengthen defences

By Olivia Savage 26 October 2023
Armenia has ordered three GM200 tactical, medium-range air-defence radars from Thales. (Thales)  Armenia is acquiring three tactical, medium-range air-defence radars from Thales and night-vision binoculars from Safran in a bid to strengthen its capabilities and territorial integrity.  The deal, announced on 23 October and signed between Armenian Minister of Defense Suren Papikyan and his French counterpart, Sébastien Lecornu, involves the supply of Thales Ground Master 200 (GM200) tactical air-defence radars.    The French Armed Forces w...

DroneShield integrates AESA radar into DroneSentry C-UAS suite

By Oishee Majumdar 26 October 2023
DroneShield has integrated the RPS-82 4D AESA radar into its DroneSentry counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) suite (pictured). (DroneShield)  Australian company DroneShield has integrated the RPS-82 4D active electronically scanned array (AESA) pulse-Doppler radar developed by Israel-based DRS RADA Technologies into its DroneSentry counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) suite.  The RPS-82 will provide DroneSentry operators with an enhanced range for detection, classification, and tracking of hostile unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Dro...
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